The Flex Belt is an abdominal training belt that works through electronic stimulation of your abs. It contracts and releases your abs, working your upper, lower and obliques. There is no assembly other than placing the pads on, but they are adhesive backed and it is dead simple. It feels sturdy, it is well stitched, and just looks and feels like a wide belt, but it is contoured slimmer on the sides, so when you bend or stretch sideways it doesn’t interfere with you or your clothing. It has Velcro adjustability, so there is no big bulky buckle. The quality of construction is very high, it feels very durable, but not heavy.
And I liked that there were no batteries needed. When you get the Flex Belt, you plug in the remote, let it charge, and then you are up and running. There are 3 gel pads that ensure a great connection from the pads to your muscles, and keep your skin moist. You have to replace these pads every 30 to 40 workouts, which means about every 30 to 40 days since you will probably be using it once a day. They run about $10 to $15 for 3, but you can buy in sets of 6 or 9 and get a better price. At first I wasn’t too thrilled about buying replacement pads every month, but when you think about it, this keeps the contacts fresh and guaranteed to make a good connection with your muscle.
The way you control the Flex Belt is with the attached remote control. It is not wireless, but don’t worry, there aren’t wires running everywhere. There is a pouch on the belt that you tuck the remote safely in when you are not using it, and it is not bulky or bothersome, you don’t even know it’s there. The intensity level goes from 1 to 150, so you could literally go from zero to hero, eventually. I recommend starting slow, like I did, until you are comfortable with the operation, then slowly ramping up.
Also, as a bonus, you get 30 days of meal planning online, which is nice. Like all electro-ab belts, it doesn’t burn fat, so a meal planner is good. They also sell a Flex Mini and a Flex arms, and the rechargeable power supply works for both of those, so you don’t have to pay for another power supply. You get the Flex Belt, rechargeable power supply, a belt extension for those of us with waists over 44 inches, and an instruction manual.
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